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Weird & Haunted Illinois!

There are a number of American cities that make the claim of being the "most haunted". but in my opinion, Chicago comes out far ahead of all of the others. As far as "ghosts per capita", no other city can boast even close to the number of ghosts found in Chicago. The pages below will not only highlight the best of the city's ghost stories and haunted places, but our dark history of gangsters, disasters, brutal murders, violent deaths, strange disappearances and more!

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WEIRD CHICAGO

The Last Days of a Weird Chicago Landmark!
The House of Crosses
A look at the strange history and fabled past of one of the most bizarre houses in Chicago and Illinois history! See this exclusive article from Troy Taylor and the Weird Chicago Tours about the final days of the House of Crosses.
CHICAGO'S DARK HISTORY, CRIME & DISASTER!

THE FORT DEARBORN MASSACRE
Perhaps one of the most brutal events in all of Chicago history took place when the city was only beginning. The terrible incident has become known as the Fort Dearborn Massacre and memories of it still linger in the city today in both Chicago's history -- and its ghosts!

EIGHTY ACRES OF HELL
The Confederate Prison of Camp Douglas ---
Camp Douglas, located on the south side of Chicago, became a place of brutal misery to many Confederate prisoners during the Civil War. Rumors of crowded and unhealthy conditions, along with death and disease, were widely circulated in the southern press during the war. The camp soon earned what many people would consider a fitting nickname... “Eighty Acres of Hell”.

THE GREAT CHICAGO FIRE
The city's greatest disaster! What happened and how did it change the face of the city forever? Also, follow this link to discover the story of the Water Tower's Ghost!

According the legend, the Great Chicago Fire was started by a cow that belonged to an Irishwoman named Catherine O’Leary.  Regardless of how the fire started though, on Sunday evening, October 8, 1871, Chicago became a city in flames.

OTHER CHICAGO FIRES
The tragic fires of the Iroquois Theater, Our Lady of Angels School & Others --
While the Great Chicago Fire was the most famous blaze in the city’s history, it was certainly not the deadliest... nor, some might say, was it the most heartbreakingly tragic. In this section, we’ll take a look at some of the city’s other terrible fires.

THE EASTLAND DISASTER
The downing of the ship and the ghosts of Harpo Studios --
One of the most devastating, and haunting, tragedies to strike Chicago would be the capsizing of the EASTLAND steamer on July 24, 1915, between the Clark and LaSalle Street bridges.

THE HAYMARKET SQUARE RIOT
Unrest among Laborers leads to death and violence in Chicago --
In the years after the Great Chicago Fire, wealth and prosperity returned to Chicago, but according to many reformers and activists, that wealth remained in the hands of the privileged few. Strikes and protests had become commonplace by the time of the Haymarket Square Riot in 1886, but this event would change the face of the labor movement forever.

THE MURDER CASTLE
HH Holmes, Herman Mudgett & America's First Serial Killer -- Read an exclusive book excerpt from Troy Taylor's HAUNTED CHICAGO about the mysterious killer, his depraved "Murder Castle" and the Columbian Exposition of 1893.

THE "HOUSE OF WEIRD DEATH"
The Strange stories of the Wynekoop Mansion --
The Wynekoop Mansion was destroyed many years ago, but its memory and reputation still lingers today... best remembered for its notorious nickname, “The House of Weird Death”. (Pictured Police Captain John Stege)
LEOPOLD & LOEB
Chicago's own "Thrill Killers" --
On an afternoon in May 1924, the sons of two of Chicago’s wealthiest and most illustrious families drove to the Harvard School for boys in Kenwood and kidnapped a young boy named Bobby Franks. They planned the "perfect crime" -- but as it turned out, it was far from perfect.

CUSTOM HOUSE PLACE LEVEE DISTRICT
Chicago's "Printer's Row" was once home to every sort of vice imaginable -- and then some!
From even the early days, Chicago thrived on its reputation for being a “wide-open town”. The Custom House vice district sprang from the ashes of the Great Fire. For nearly 30 years, the area would be regarded as a blight on the downtown area.

GRIMES SISTERS MURDERS
One of Chicago's Most Tragic Crimes.. and one that has left ghosts in its wake!

THE CRIME THAT SHOCKED CHICAGO!
The Schuessler-Peterson Slayings and the almost unsolved mystery that rocked the city!

THE HAUNTING OF AL CAPONE
The bloody life of Chicago's greatest gangster and the ghost that hounded him to his grave!

THE LEXINGTON HOTEL
Explore Al Capone's Favorite Hide-out and the Secret Vaults of Geraldo Rivera!

JOHN DILLINGER & THE BIOGRAPH THEATER
The theater's mysterious ghost and the legends behind the death of John Dillinger

THE ST. VALENTINE'S DAY MASSACRE
The gangland murders and the lingering spirits of the this blood event!

THE SAUSAGE VAT MURDER
Adolph Luetgert and a ghost from one of Chicago's Most Horrible Crimes!
The ghost of Louisa Luetgert still walks the now almost deserted neighborhood where her home once stood -- Killed by her own husband in one of the most grisly ways imaginable, her ghost not only haunts this place but the legends say that she hounded her treacherous husband -- from Joliet Prison to the grave!
JOHN WAYNE GACY
The Twisted Crimes of the "Killer Clown" and the supernatural elements surrounding his crimes

BORN TO RAISE HELL
The Horrific Life & Crimes of Richard Speck

FLIGHT 191
One of America's Most Horrible Air Tragedies.. do ghosts still linger at the crash site?

THE TROLLEY OF DEATH
The Green Hornet
Trolley Disaster

BATH HOUSE JOHN , HINKY DINK & THE SOUTH SIDE LEVEE
The Wildest Legends of Graft and Corruption in Chicago History

   
CHICAGO'S HAUNTED PLACES

RESURRECTION MARY
The elusive ghost of Archer Avenue and Chicago's favorite Spirit -- A multi-part section on one of America's Greatest Ghost Stories!

BACHELOR'S GROVE CEMETERY

BACHELOR'S GROVE CEMETERY
The Most Haunted Place in Chicagoland --- There are more ghost stories and eerie legends told about this small, abandoned cemetery than any other place in the Chicago area. Ask any ghost chaser where to go to find a hauntings and chances are, this cemetery will be very high on the list! 

JANE ADDAM'S HULL HOUSE
According to stories, this legendary house was once home to a "Devil Baby".. but real ghosts may have walked here as well!

THE RED LION PUB
Perhaps Chicago's Most Haunted Tavern!

THAT STEAK JOYNT
This now vanished restaurant was once one of Chicago's most documented haunted spots

OLD ST. ANDREWS INN
The Ole St. Andrew's Inn has been haunted through several incarnations

THE COUNTRY HOUSE RESTAURANT
This Suburban Restaurant plays host to a phantom customer from the past

THE IRISH CASTLE
This unusual building is located in the Chicago neighborhood of Beverly and was built by Robert Givens in 1866 to serve as his home, a reminder of the castles of his ancestors in Ireland. Heartbreak and tragedy shortened the owner's stay in the house and it has since become a girl's school and now a church. It has played host to many occupants over the years -- including some ghosts!

GRACELAND CEMETERY
One of the garden cemeteries created by the removal of the graveyard where present-day Lincoln Park is now located, Graceland became known as one of the most beautiful and most legendary burial grounds in the city. Home to a few mysterious tales -- it's also home to the story of Inez Clarke, a ghost story that seems too good to be true --- because it is!

MT. CARMEL CEMETERY
This predominantly Italian cemetery is known for not only being the spot where you'll find the resting place of Al Capone and other assorted gangsters of the Prohibition era, but also for the grave of Julia Petta -- known in Chicago as the "Italian Bride". Discover her strange story and ghostly legacy!
ST. JAMES-SAG CHURCH & CEMETERY ST. JAMES SAG CHURCH AND CEMETERY
As another ghostly spot along Chicago's famed -- and haunted -- Archer Avenue, this churchyard has gained a reputation for strange events, from a phantom hearse to mysterious spirits who looked like monks and who were chased by a police officer a number of years ago.
ARCHER WOODS CEMETERY
ARCHER WOODS CEMETERY
This spooky and secluded cemetery is home to the "Weeping Woman", a mysterious woman in white who has been spotted by drivers for many years.

THE GRAVE OF MARY ALICE QUINN
Chicago's "Miracle Child" and the Ghostly Legacy she has left behind

GRAVE OF MARY ALICE QUINN

ROSEHILL CEMETERY
ROSEHILL CEMETERY
Although Chicago's oldest remaining, and some say most beautiful cemetery has a "no ghosts" policy, it is certainly no stranger to ghostly legends and lore!

ROBINSON WOODS
The Haunted Indian Burial Grounds and former home of a Chicago Legend

CHICAGO'S OTHER HITCHHIKER GHOSTS
While not as famous as "Resurrection Mary", Chicago has some other female hitchhikers who are just as spooky!



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